I have trigger fingers in both hands so a heavy pick or mattock was out of the question when I need to do some yard work. This size is great. I can dig through some hard Stoney soil and get a plant or bush in the ground at the proper depth. Some people will say only a 5lb mattock will do or this is not heavy duty enough but since I am not digging a hole to China, just some moderate digging in my small garden it does just fine.
Looks well made. But only time will tell how long.